Navan RFC

Founded 1925

Co. Meath

Match Report: Leinster Women's Div 5 Cup Final

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In a gripping showdown at Balbriggan RFC, Navan Women's 2nd XV etched their names into Leinster rugby history by clinching the Division 5 Women's Cup in a hard-fought battle against Roscrea. With both teams eyeing silverware, the stage was set for a thrilling encounter, and the players did not disappoint as they delivered a match filled with drama, tension, and unforgettable moments.
From the opening whistle, Navan stamped their authority on the game, launching wave after wave of attacking intent as they sought to seize the initiative. Their efforts were duly rewarded when they Cíara Quinn breached Roscrea's defense to notch an early try with Lisa Keenan converting, setting the tone for a pulsating contest. Despite dominating possession and territory, Navan were unable to capitalize on their opportunities, leaving the door ajar for Roscrea to claw their way back into the game.
In a dramatic twist just before halftime, Roscrea capitalized on their first meaningful foray into Navan's territory, crossing the try line to narrow the deficit and keep the contest finely poised as the teams headed into the break.
As the second half commenced, Roscrea emerged with renewed determination, eager to overturn the narrow deficit and seize control of proceedings. Their efforts were duly rewarded as they asserted their dominance, breaching Navan's defense to surge into the lead with a well-worked try in the left corner.
However, Navan refused to relent, summoning their inner resolve and launching a spirited fightback in front of their passionate supporters. Led by the inspirational play of Niamh Lister, Navan clawed their way back into contention, retaking the lead with a scintillating breakaway try that sent their fans into raptures.
In the closing stages of the match, Roscrea launched a desperate onslaught, throwing everything they had at the Navan defense in search of a match-winning score. However, Navan stood firm, repelling wave after wave of Roscrea attacks with heroic defensive efforts that epitomized their unwavering determination and resilience.
As the final whistle sounded, Navan Women's 2nd XV erupted in jubilant celebrations, their hard-fought victory securing the coveted Division 5 Women's Cup and completing a remarkable double after earlier securing the league title and promotion. It was a momentous occasion for Navan, a testament to their dedication, teamwork, and unwavering spirit throughout the season.
In a match filled with standout performances, Team Captain Paula Keating's exceptional display stood out as she marshaled Navan's defense with authority and provided a crucial spark in attack when needed most.
The squad's collective effort and determination were instrumental in their triumph, with each player making invaluable contributions to their team's success, a testament to their dedication, resilience, and unyielding spirit.

Player of the Match: Paula Keating

Navan Women's 2nd XV Squad "Sponsored by P. Bermingham's Bar":

Louise Elliott, Mary-Louise Bridgeman, Nour Khairy, Thanuja Dharmasena, Anna Mennis, Tara Quinn, Orlaith Daly, Martina O’Neill, Paula Keating (C), Ciara Quinn, Niamh Lister, Geraldine Lynch, Lisa Keenan, Lauren Kelly, Rhiannon Hoey, Róisín Watters, Sarah O'Brien, Sue Nisbitt, Meabh Sexton, Leah Morris, Aoife Hughes, Jessica Moriarty.

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